New York voters could see as many as 12 parties putting up candidates for governor this fall.
State election officials say Wednesday that six independent parties are petitioning to join the more familiar Democratic, Republican and Green parties on the ballot.
One is Jimmy McMillan’s Rent is Too Damn High Party, which became an Internet sensation during the 2010 election.
Another is the Sapient Party, which describes itself as the “party of wisdom.”
Other new parties include the Women’s Equality Party started by Governor Cuomo’s re-election campaign and the Stop Common Core Party announced by Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.
The new parties allow Cuomo and Astorino to get their names on the ballot multiple times.
Formal objections to putting the new parties on the ballot are due this week.
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